Skin Care Tips & Secrets: 7 Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil

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Mar 28, 2015 05:08 AM EDT

DES PLAINES, IL - JANUARY 14: Bottles of imported Greek olive oil with 'Product of Greece' info displayed on their labels are seen on a shelf at the Greek Columbus Foods market January 14, 2005 in Des Plaines, Illinois. (Photo : Getty Images)

Olive oil comes from the fruit of an olive tree and is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. It contains an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals, and health benefits. According to WHFoods.com, olive oil is anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, improves cognitive function, reduces the risk of many types of cancer, and is good for digestion and bone health.

Olive oil is native to many Mediterranean countries and is considered to be a natural medicine, notes StyleCraze. Olive oil contains vitamin E and vitamin A which are good for the skin. It also contains antioxidants that are good for moisturizing and in neutralizing free radicals that age the skin. Due to its versatility and effectiveness, it's not surprising that olive oil was used in the olden time in caring for the skin, hair, and nails!

Here are 7 beauty benefits of olive oil:

1.) Makeup Remover

If you're looking for an eco-friendly and cheaper alternative for drugstore makeup removers, olive oil is a good choice. According to OliveOilExcellence.com, olive oil works great at removing makeup because it is a natural dissolving agent without any harsh chemicals.

2.) Exfoliating Lip Scrub

Chapped lips can be annoying. Bleeding may happen when you tug off the dead skin that dries out in the lips. A lips scrub made out of sugar and olive oil can help exfoliate the lips. This recipe from Everyday Roots shows how you can make this one at home.

3.) Hand Soak

Dry hands in winter and currently out of hand cream? Just use a little bit of olive oil to soak your way to smooth hands! According to A Little Crunchy, all you need is to heat the olive oil and massage it on your hands for 10-15 minutes. This recipe also softens cuticles and cracked heels.

4.) Soothe Sunburn

According to an article on Amazing Olive Oil, while olive oil can't function as a sunscreen, it can help soothe the burn, repair the damage, and protect the skin against cancer when used as an after-sun lotion.

5.) Eye Cream

Why go for expensive night and eye creams when you can get it organically and for less with olive oil? Take a look at this DIY formula from Jellibean Journals to make your own.

6.) Antibacterial Healing Balm

Olive oil is a natural antibacterial agent and if you're looking for a healing balm recipe then take a look at this homemade Neosporin knock off from Live Simply. It is simple to make but still as effective.

7.) Shaving Cream

Olive oil is, well, oil, and it is a natural lubricant that is good for the skin. Substitute regular shaving cream with this for a closer shave and save money according to Chris Inch.

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